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Into the Deathly Hallows

by David Haber

J.K. Rowling finally announced on that the title of Book 7 will be Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. The definition of "Hallow" is something that has been "made holy, sanctified, consecrated". What consecrated place in the Harry Potter stories could this refer to? Could it be the Hallowed Halls of Hogwarts? Or perhaps, does this refer to Godric's Hollow, the place where it all started?

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My guess: Hallows are another magical "creature" or state of being that is to be introduced in the final book. Like Dementors, only good instead of evil. Only the highest and noblest of humans who making a sacrifice for the sake of many become Hallows, such as Dumbledore.

Posted by Sandra from Nashville, TN on December 27, 2006 09:03 AM

Godricks hollow. Harry did say he would go back there. Maybe thats where Dumbledore is! Or the graveyard in goblet of fire. Im kinda sad though......the last book.

Posted by skye from olympia,wa on December 27, 2006 09:21 AM

While searching for 'hallows' I found a site refering to 'passing hallows'. Here are a few extracts from it:

“From time to time, the magical energies that flow through Britannia - that travel along and around the ley lines, that are channeled between Hallows, that are pent up in spells and objects.....”

“Sometimes, these energies shift ley lines very slightly; sometimes they reveal things otherwise left unnoticed. Sometimes, they open up lost treasures. Most often, there is a focus of energies that results in a temporary and very potent Hallow.”

“So, what happens at a passing Hallow? ……For a brief period of time, for between one and four hours, there is a surge of magical energy, and a spontaneous Hallow appears….”

“The resonance of the Hallow usually reflects in some way its location, timing or source; a Hallow in a deeply historical location or at a significant time of year may carry these factors in its resonance, or draw resonance from ley lines that power it or even from entities near to it.”

Posted by Holly from London on December 27, 2006 2:15 PM

Like many other posts here I first thought (and still do for the most part) that the title referred to the horcruxes. They’re hallowed because they contain portions of a human soul – yet ly in that they were formed via dark magic.

However, after reading the many posts referring to the possibility that the title refers to ly “saints" I had a thought I’ll throw out there. What if there is more history to the “ghosts of Hogwarts” to be learned and maybe they play a role in Book 7. Admittedly, the “Bloody Baron” doesn’t sound too saintly but his history and that of the other ghosts – Nearly Headless Nick, and the Fat Friar (don’t recall the fourth one) has not been delved into – that I’ve heard of anyway.

Posted by Bart from Denver, Colorado on December 27, 2006 2:54 PM

So the title of the final chapter in Harry's story has been revealed. The beginning of the end of the journey starts here people. Suffice to say I'm apprehensive as this makes the end of the adventure seem very real and final but, alas we all know the best stories have a beginning, a middle and an end!

Regarding disseminating the title, fevered imaginations abound! I won't add to the impressive body of work, other than to say we won't truly know what the title refers to till we finish book 7 as JKR wouldn't want it any other way.

However it's good fun and we can attempt to extrapolate some meaning so; probably refers to something specific as opposed to "the quest for the Horcruxes" IMO. As others have suggested previous titles have made specific reference. I like the idea of symmetry between Harry's parents on Hallowean and Harry's subsequent fame brought about by his survival. In essence the journey started at that moment, we travelled with Harry and learnt about how he came to be who/what/where he is. It seems fitting that it should end on the same day, 17 years later; boy to man, child avenging his slain parents, good against evil etc.

Other than that I can't pretend to have any firm ideas. Ultimately JKR is very shrewd about these things. We've had 6 books prior so expect the same suprises regardless of the title!

Let's hope that a year from now we're all still discussing the incredidle final chapter, how we'll all miss the books but ultimately are happy with the way it ended.

Posted by Cytals from UK on December 27, 2006 7:03 PM

All I can say is Book 7 is gonna be awesome

Posted by Joel from Northampton MA on December 27, 2006 8:26 PM

I also think that Godric's Hallow is named after Godirc Griffyindor and that Harry is some what related to him

Posted by Gena from Fremont,California on December 27, 2006 9:26 PM

I think the final battle may take place at the same cave where Harry got the fake Horcrux. What could be more 'ly' than all those Inferi floating around? Or it could also be the graveyard where LV was reborn and it sounds like that was a special place for him what with all the eaters congregating there and his dad's grave. I don't think its Hogwarts at all.

Posted by Aditi from Nagpur, India on December 28, 2006 12:05 AM

Very interesting analyses relating to celtic and arthurian legend guys but I think you are over analysing. Lets go back to the dictionary definition of hallows. Hallow means saint but hallows can mean (from OED):

2. In pl. applied to the shrines or relics of saints; the gods of the heathen or their shrines.
In the phrase to seek hallows, to visit the shrines or relics of saints; orig. as in sense 1, the saints themselves being thought of as present at their shrines. Cf. quot. c1440 in 1.

So? The gods or Saints or their SHRINES or RELICS! If Godric of Hollow fame is also Gryffindor then this would clearly qualify as a ly hallow (lily and james were ed there after all) but from the definition, hallows is plural so I tend more towards the relic side. The ly hallows could easily be the 4 objects/relics of the founders - we know LV sought these for horcruxes hence the "ly" aspect. Given the other names registered (if this is for real) as titles ie heart of ravenclaw. It seems most logical that the ly hallows are objects or relics of the founders...

Posted by Cameron from San Francisco, CA on December 28, 2006 3:56 PM

I've really enjoyed reading everyone's theories on the title of book 7. My 2 cents...I think that Mikey suggested that the title could have multiple meanings. I have to agree. The title has an ominous connotation, when we think of "ly", our mind jumps to "ly", with "hallow", we think of "Halloween" or "All Hallows Eve", when the distinction between the living and worlds becomes less clear.

Upon further consideration and reading the comments posted, I began to think of three ideas that are in some ways interconnected. My first thought was of the incident in the GoF with priori incantatem when H's and V's wands connected, bringing back V's victims who then helped Harry escape from Voldemort. This idea made me think of the mysterious disappearance of Ollivander. Perhaps it's somehow related.

My second thought is that Janis was on to something with the veil and the beyond the veil playing a role. The way that Sirius d was very odd, and brings the idea of a veil between the living and into prominence. I find it fascinating that such a veil is actually mentioned in connection with the defnition of "hallows".

My third thought was that Holly was on to something with the idea of "passing hallows" and the "surge of magical energy" that occurs at these locations. That idea reminded me of the way that Harry's power ebbs and flows. At times, his powers seem very ordinary, but at other times extraordinary. Her idea made me wonder if Harry is somehow able to tap into those surges of magical power.

Posted by Wyatt from NC on December 28, 2006 4:38 PM

Along with the multiple meanings mentioned above, i have to agree with the people who have suggested the the ly hallows refer to the horcruxes. I just think that they refer to other things, too.

Posted by Wyatt from NC on December 28, 2006 4:51 PM

what if it was all commbined together... you know... like on halloween (or as i call it All Hallows Eve) in a hollowed place like a cave. hmmmmm... that would be interesting

Posted by Jessica from Los Angeles, CA on December 28, 2006 7:41 PM

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